When the snow begins to fall and ice begins to form, it’s natural for you to spend as much time inside your home as possible. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, don’t neglect the exterior of your property. A variety of issues can move to the forefront during the winter months, including ice dams.
As ice dams build on your roof, they get heavier and heavier. When the weather warms — even slightly — the dams can begin to melt. This can result in the entire dam crashing to the ground, harming anyone or anything in its path.
Ice dams can also damage your roof. For example, water can get between shingles, freeze, and then expand. This can loosen shingles, which improves the risk of water makings its way to the inside of your home. Ice dams can also wreak havoc on your gutters, with the weight pulling on them until they’re no longer properly situated.
Should you find that ice dams are causing you trouble this winter, take extra caution when you’re around the foundation of your home. Also, look into the steps you can take to eliminate this problem, as you don’t want to risk the dams causing extensive roof and/or gutter damage.
Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.